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Editorials

  • What we think: Outlet mall critics deserve attention

    We as a community are down to the last Christmas seals of approval for the proposed outlet malls for Simpsonville.

    Next Wednesday the Simpsonville City Commission will consider on second reading of an ordinance that signs off on zone changes and site plans submitted by Trio Property and Paragon Outlet Properties, which have partnered on the 64-acre parcel south of Interstate 64 and east of Buck Creek Road.

  • We congratulate: A Christmas gift for Vietnam veterans

    We only can be ashamed that this took so long, but the inclusion in the Shelbyville Christmas parade of a group of former Vietnam War veterans was a wonderful holiday gift for these men and for our community.

    The concept of the parade ride, coordinated by Janie James at Shelbyville VFW Post 1179, means that these veterans finally received a public thank you for the sacrifices they endured to serve in the jungles of Vietnam.

  • What we think: We are shocked by this inequity

    The absurd incongruity of the state’s application of shock probation has added a new twist of the sword of inequity, a new and ugly demonstration of why the law must be rewritten, redefined or – best of option of all – repealed.

    Exhibit 1: Tonya Nicole Brown delivers a baby in a restroom of a restaurant in Shelby County, puts that living baby into plastic bags and shoves them into a trash receptacle, gets back into her vehicle and drives home to Lexington.

  • We congratulate: This year’s great Christmas parade

    Everyone loves a parade, and the Shelbyville Christmas parade on Saturday was certainly lovable.

    Those lining Main Street in spring-like weather certainly seemed thrilled with a long and colorful processional that helped Shelby County greet the holiday season.

    We like that so many groups put together floats, marched or walked or simply just rode along the roughly 2-mile course. We even applaud that members of Shelby County Fiscal Court, Shelbyville City Council and Simpsonville City Commission saved public money by sharing a “float” in the parade.

  • What we think: Breeden murder case provides an education

    The case involving Susan King and the murder of Kyle “Deanie” Breeden of Shelbyville continues to produce new briefs and chapters that introduce many questions and educate us at each stop through the legal system.

    As you may recall, Ms. King last summer had appealed to the courts to grant her a new trial based on new evidence but was turned down by Circuit Judge Charles Hickman because, as he wrote in his opinion, there had been no trial in the first place.

  • We congratulate: The state finalist Collins Titans

    A football team from Shelby County once again is playing for a state championship.

    It has been a long time between drinks of water, so to speak, for football teams from Shelby County, but what a great moment this is for Collins High School, in its third year, to be playing venerable Fort Thomas Highlands for a championship on Friday night in Bowling Green.

  • What we think: Justice report agrees that constables must go

    A study completed last week by state Department of Criminal Justice has come to a conclusion we addressed two years ago: We no longer need constables as part of the law enforcement structure.

    We agreed in 2010 when Shelby County Magistrate Michael Riggs, a former member of the law enforcement community, raised the question to Shelby County Fiscal Court about these elected members of the police community, and we encouraged Mr. Riggs and his fellow magistrates to move toward eliminating these positions.

  • What we think: Williamses’ lawsuit won’t settle anything

    We are not surprised that the death one year ago of Trey F. Williams now will become part of the civic legal process as his family seeks to understand and accept his death at the hands of a Shelbyville Police officer.

    Last Nov. 19, Mr. Williams was in his grandmother’s house when officers Suzanna Marcum and Frank Willoughby found him there while investigating a call about a potential prowler. A struggle ensued, and Ms. Marcum fatally shot Mr. Williams, 18.

  • What we think: Replacing Shelby County parks director will be no day in the park

    The stunning retirement announcement last week by Shelby County Parks Director Clay Cottongim has left us as startled and grasping at the future as we are sure it has those on the county’s parks board and its foundation.

    Mr. Cottongim, it would seem, is the Shelby County Parks system. There are hundreds of people  who contribute to the success of an admirable system, but this program has at the very least has been Mr. Cottongim’s foster child if not his actual baby.

  • We congratulate: This true example of the Chirstmas spirit

    The holiday spirit was alive and well in Shelbyville on Saturday night, and we’re not referring specifically to the Celebration of Lights, although the 25th anniversary of that festival was widely attended and a wonderful success.

    We speak, no, of the fabulous example of giving that was the presentation of a wheelchair-accessible van to Margaret Hall and her son, Glenn, during that celebration.